Klopsteg Memorial Award

The Klopsteg Memorial Award is an annual prize given to a notable physicist in memory of Paul E. Klopsteg. Established in 1990, it is awarded by the American Association of Physics Teachers.[1]

The Klopsteg Memorial Award recipient is asked to make a major presentation at an AAPT Summer Meeting on a topic of current significance suitable for non-specialists.

Award WinnersEdit

Year Awardee[1] Institution Topic
2020 James Kakalios University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Physics of Superheroes
2019 Jodi Cooley[2] Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
2018 Clifford V. Johnson University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA Black Holes and Time Travel in Your Everyday Life
2017 John C. Brown University of Glasgow, Scotland Black Holes and White Rabbits
2016 Margaret Wertheim[3] Institute for Figuring, Los Angeles, CA Of Corals and the Cosmos: A Story of Hyperbolic Space
2015 David Weintraub[4] Vanderbilt University Exoplanets: The Pace of Discovery and the Potential Impact on Humanity
2014 Donald W. Olson Texas State University, San Marcos, TX Celestial Sleuth: Using Physics and Astronomy to Solve Mysteries in Art, History, and Literature
2011 James E. Hansen NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Halting Human-Made Climate Change: The Case for Young People and Nature
2010 Robert Scherrer Vanderbilt University Science and Science Fiction
2009 Lee Smolin Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics The Role of the Scientist as a Public Intellectual
2008 Michio Kaku City University of New York Physics of the Impossible
2007 Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist and Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, New York Adventures in Science Literacy
2006 Lisa Randall[5] Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions
2005 Wendy Freedman Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA The Accelerating Universe
2004 Anton Zeilinger University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria Quantum Experiments: From Philosophical Curiosity to a New Technology
2003 Sylvester James Gates University of Maryland, College Park, MD Why Einstein Would Love Spaghetti in Fundamental Physics
2002 Barry C. Barish[6] California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA Catching the Waves with LIGO
2001 Virginia Trimble University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA Cosmology: Man's Place in the Universe
2000 Terrence P. Walker The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH The Big Bang: Seeing Back to the Beginning
1999 Michael S. Turner University of Chicago Cosmology: From Quantum Fluctuations to the Expanding Universe
1998 Sidney R. Nagel The James Franck Institute Physics at the Breakfast Table - Or Waking Up to Physics
1997 Max Dresden Stanford University and Stanford Linear Accelerator Scales, Macroscopic, Microscopic, Mesoscopic: Their Autonomy and Interrelation
1996 Margaret Geller Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Optical Infrared Astronomy Division
1995 Peter Franken University of Arizona Municipal Waste, Recycling, and Nuclear Garbage
1994 N. David Mermin Cornell University More Quantum Magic
1993 Charles P. Bean Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York An Invitation to Table-Top Physics Inside and in the Open Air
1992 Gabriel Wienreich University of Michigan at Anne Arbor What Science Knows about Violins And What It Doesn't Know, Am. J. Phys. 61, 1067 (1993).
1991 Paul K. Hansma[7] University of California at Santa Barbara Seeing Atoms with the New Generation of Microscopes, Am. J. Phys. 59, 1067 (1991).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Klopsteg Memorial Lecture". American Association of Physics Teachers. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  2. ^ "SMU physicist Jodi Cooley will receive the 2019 Klopsteg Award". SMU Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences. 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Bookstore Online Exhibitions Coral Reef Contact Donate Post navigation American Association of Physics Teachers Award". Institute for Figuring. 2016.
  4. ^ "Weintraub receives 2015 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award". Vanderbilt University. 13 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Faculty: LISA RANDALL". Harvard University. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Vice President Barry C. Barish" (PDF). APS News. 14 (7): 6. July 2008.
  7. ^ "AAPT Presents First Klopsteg Award to Hansma". Physics Today. 44 (10): 104–105. 1991. doi:10.1063/1.2810280. ISSN 0031-9228.